Monthly Archives: June 2010

What is a Creek? # in a Series

 If you were asked to throw a rock into the creek, the result would be a splash and ripples. We often think of “the creek” as the water. But a creek is much more than the visible water. These are … Continue reading

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State Agencies Issue Anthrax Advisory

AUSTIN — The Texas Animal Health Commission, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have issued a summer and early fall alert for ranchers, hunters and anyone who may be going afield in Texas. One case of anthrax has been confirmed … Continue reading

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The Main Thing, #22 in Series

 What are some of the things that you appreciate and value about creeks and riparian areas? Your list may include some of the following values:                         The fisherman wants diverse aquatic habitat and healthy fish populations.                          The rancher values … Continue reading

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Why I Hunt and Teach Hunting

This is an story written by one of the hunters on our Texas Youth Hunting Program.  This is what it is all about! It’s seventeen degrees out, we’ve been in the stand for five hours now and there’s absolutely no … Continue reading

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Arundo Alert, #21 in Series

 Arundo donax, also known as giant reed, Georgia cane, or carrizo cane, is a very large and aggressive exotic grass that is multiplying rapidly in some Texas riparian areas. This species was introduced into North America many years ago for … Continue reading

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Riparian Roots Reinforce Riverbanks, #20 in Series

 One of the primary attributes of good riparian vegetation is the extraordinary root systems of many riparian species. These root systems are what help reinforce banks and floodplains during flood events. Not only must roots help protect against the erosive … Continue reading

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Learning from History, #19 in Series

 Natural resource workers often think about historic vegetation. We wonder what an area might have looked like prior to the 1850’s, before the era of European settlement, heavy livestock grazing and fencing of the range. This is relevant thought since … Continue reading

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